dream_017 wrote:OK, first of all, a championship game shouldn't be played on week 17.
Second, so the guy with a great team, but his players don't make it to the post season gets screwed. How fair is that?
Third, the Super Bowl with fantasy implications, how many Bears would have been drafted or made a difference.
What many leagues tend to do, is run the normal fantasy schedule with playoffs, crown a champion, but then have a mini draft for the playoffs with all owners, where you pick a limited number of players. Because there are only at most 4 games per weekend, the scores and points can be done by hand.
owners need to account for their players making the playoffs when the draft them. this makes a tom brady more valuable than under traditional rules, for example. so if your best players don't make the playoffs, maybe you should have drafted differently. but regardless, there's a new draft after the regular season where the first place finisher drafts first (i forgot to mention that), so there's a definite advantage to winning the regular season.
as for drafting bears, again, picking players who will be around is an added difficulty to the league. drafting players from the lower ranked NFL teams is a risk that could really pay off if their team ends up playing 4 playoff games (the '05 steelers).
to me, the set up is a nice way of adding additional complexity in having to predict overall team performance. if you don't like, that's fine. although i do like the suggestion of crowning a champion in the regular season and then having a second in the playoffs.
and i would agree that running the points by hand is the way to go - it doesn't seem all that difficult.